Cheetah Outreach
Cheetah Outreach

Promoting the survival of the free ranging, Southern African cheetah through environmental education and delivering conservation initiatives.
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Meerkat Enrichment Activities

Environmental

  1. Den
  2. Elevated walkways
  3. Logs and dead tree trunk with holes
  4. Space for digging tunnels
  5. Sandbox

Food

  1. Live insects (grubs, worms, crickets, grasshoppers)
  2. Dead frogs
  3. Dead day-old chicks
  4. Dead mice and unborn rats
  5. Meat with fur
  6. Whole gem squash and corn on the cob
  7. Stuffing meat, raw nuts and fruit in holes and crevices in logs
  8. Burying meal worms in sandbox
  9. Feeding meat in box or toilet paper roll
  10. Scattering fruit around enclosure
  11. Foraging in other enclosures

Novel and Sensory

  1. Small plastic ball with pieces of meat inserted in slot
  2. Pine cone stuffed with fruit
  3. Papier-mâché ball with pieces of meat or dry cat food inside
  4. Fresh parsley and coriander
  5. Vanilla cologne sprayed on objects in enclosure
  6. Frozen donkey or horse skin
  7. Switching enclosures with other animals

Social

  1. Interaction with other meerkat
  2. Interaction with other animals through fence
  3. Interaction with staff and volunteers

Exercise

  1. Walks on harness and lead
  2. Chasing guinea fowl wing attached to whip
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